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Samsung's rugged Galaxy S7 Active packs a huge battery

The AT&T exclusive also touts a shatter-resistant screen.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
June 6, 2016
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It's that time of year again: now that Samsung's latest Galaxy S flagship has been on the market for a while, it's time for the rougher, tougher Active version to show up. The company has unveiled the Galaxy S7 Active, an AT&T-exclusive rugged edition of the standard S7 that's built to take a bruising. As with the S6 Active, this isn't just a regular smartphone with a beefier drop- and water-resistant case. This year's model has a shatter-resistant 5.1-inch screen, and the battery jumps from the S7's usual 3,000mAh to a massive 4,000mAh -- you won't have trouble making it through a day of hiking.

Gallery: Samsung Galaxy S7 Active | 6 Photos

The innards are otherwise familiar. You're still getting a quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a front fingerprint reader, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter. It's hard to complain, mind you, when the base S7 is one of the more powerful smartphones we've seen this year. Just be ready to pay a premium if you like the idea of a Samsung smartphone that can survive your outdoor adventures. The S7 Active will go on sale June 10th for roughly the same amount as the S7 Edge: you're looking at $26.50 per month on the standard Next plan, or $33.13 per month on Next Every Year.

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